Oh Those Dreaded Dog Baths

Dog BathSpring time brings spring showers.  And, with that comes dogs who love to frolic in mud holes.  So how do you rectify a dirty dog? – with a bath of course.  Oh but you say your dog doesn’t like baths.  No time like the present to desensitize and condition your dog to cope with bath time.

To do this, do a little dog training at home by familiarizing your dog with the bath tub.  Feed your dog his/her meal while standing in the tub (with no water running).  It’s an odd place for a dog to sit and stand.  So get your dog accustomed to this strange surrounding before turning the water on.

Once your dog is comfortable eating his/her meal in the tub then start to hand feed your dog while he/she is in the tub and turn the water on slowly around his/her feet.  With repeated positive exposures, gradually apply the water higher up on your dog’s legs and later on his/her body while he/she receives tasty treats.

It is important to do this gradual association so that puppies and dogs come to view bath time as a pleasant experience.  And, if you choose to have a dog groomer at a Pet Salon wash your dog for you, your dog and groomer will thank you for having positively conditioned your dog to bath times.

About Michael Burkey

Michael Burkey is a professional dog trainer, behaviorist and owner of MichiganDogTrainer.com, a highly successful dog training company whose aim is to promote peaceful relationships between pets and families. Additionally, he is an expert trial witness, certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC), former Police K9 Handler, Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 Training Director and SAR K9 Handler, obedience and rally competitor and social worker. Dog training is a complex science and art requiring knowledge of behavioral science and learning. You can rely on Michael's experience, teaching methods, and integrity. He can be contacted at info@MichiganDogTrainer.com or 734-634-4152.
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